Movie Review of The Last Unicorn and Playing Dress Up

I’m currently watching The Last Unicorn, Anniversary Edition, which I borrowed from the library because my niece likes unicorns, still believes in magic, and is confident the workers on the side of the road are pumping magic treasure into the ground. The Last Unicorn is set in medieval times and is about a Unicorn that sets out to find other unicorns, convinced she is not the last one left on the earth. Along the way she encounters danger, adventure, and monsters. The Last Unicorn, based on the book by Peter S. Beagle, boasts the voice acting talent of Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin, and Christopher Lee with songs performed by America.

Some notable moments are the riddle speaking butterfly that made my niece quite excited. I mean, talking butterflies with hats, what more could a five year old ask for? Plus he calls the unicorn sunshine, or sings about sunshine, I couldn’t quite tell from the kitchen where I was cutting apples; but my niece was quite happy and said, “You know my grandpa with the long beard? He calls me ‘Sunshine.'” Which made me laugh quite a bit, because her description was hilarious and accurate. She’s talking about my father, and you tell me if she was spot on.


OK, so it’s not the longest beard I’ve ever seen, but it is pretty intense. In fact, when his hair is sticking up and wiry someone once aptly called him a bush with two eyes.

The movie is far more detailed and the plot line more extensive than I would have thought. The art work is quite good, with the animation classic scooby-do (I’m sure there is a proper term for this, but that is what I call it). The background is very vague and the characters detailed, but with little shading. Some of the animation gets a bit muddled with all the magic going on, but an eye pleasing experience over all.

I didn’t finish the movie though. As I said it is rather detailed in plot and my niece got bored about halfway through when the plot hadn’t even taken off yet. It just kind of meandered along really, I was bored myself. So I suggested we get dressed up and go for a walk. Which we did, and had a grand time. I mean to go back and watch the end of the movie, but high fantasy isn’t really my thing and I couldn’t justify giving time over to a movie I didn’t really want to watch when there are so many other shows I’m behind on. Like HIMYM. (I just got around to watching my DVR of the show and watched the series finale and WHAAAA???)

I mean, doesn’t this look like more fun anyway?

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4 thoughts on “Movie Review of The Last Unicorn and Playing Dress Up

  1. I like the thought of children believing that the council are burying treasure!
    You certainly look a lot happier since your move. Hope all is well.

    • Her mind is just amazing, I wish they were burying treasure!

      I definitely believe this move was a good one, even if it means some things fell a bit behind, like this blog. 🙂

  2. My sisters and I grew up renting the Last Unicorn a bajillion times from the video store when we were kids – mostly because my two older sisters love horses, and it stars a unicorn. Watching it as an adult, the movie falls apart. The plot is slow, the characters uninteresting. I remember the prince being handsome, and now he looks remarkably like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. The king looks a lot like Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars. As for the unicorn, (Spoiler? Maybe, since you haven’t finished watching it) I’m always wierded out by her romance with the prince – a unicorn/human romance just didn’t sit right with me. Maybe that’s a personal problem.

    • Actually that is exactly where it fell apart for me, and why I didn’t finish it. I had a hard time with their romance. But it was a fun experience for about 45 minutes. LOL

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